Checking In With Busan
The biggest, and probably most important news, is the announcement from the league that Ansan Mugunghwa (aka Police FC) CANNOT be promoted to the K League Classic next season. The police team will move to Asan, and a new team will be sprouted in Ansan. As a result, the 5th-placed team will qualify for the playoffs. Guess who that is? (hint, it's us). Why the league decided to go this route is unknown to me, but I'll take it nonetheless. For the record, logic would suggest that the police team in Asan should go up should they maintain their league position.
The current league table (matches to be played today in a few hours) has us narrowly ahead of Daejeon for the 5th spot with Seoul E-Land just behind them.
The team itself has been playing much better as of late. In their last 10 matches, Busan picked up 20 points out of 30 (record of 6-2-2) to pull themselves off the bottom reaches of the table and into their current position. The question remains though, was it too late?
|Lim Sang-hyub returns! (photo courtesy of busanipark.com)|
Slightly ironically, the team's rise has been almost in conjunction with Choi dropping many of the names that came in during the summer that were supposed to ensure Busan's promotion. Players like Stojanovic, Choi Seung-in, Ko Kyung-min, Lee Young-jae, Lee Chang-geun, and Lee Won-young.
|Busan faces Anyang today in a critical match for the IPark (photo courtesy of busanipark.com)|
Other Busan Teams
|The U18 team wins the U18 Championship (photo courtesy of kleague.com)|
|R League Group B table (courtesy of kleague.com)|
|K League Junior Group B table (courtesy of kleague.com)|